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BPA – Plastic Household Products that are Increasing Your Risk of Cancer

Plastic water bottles, plastic storage containers, Styrofoam to-go boxes, and other plastic products are very common in our modern world. Many people drink from a plastic straw each day, keep a plastic water bottle at their desk all day long, and use plastic utensils without thinking twice about the potential health problems that might occur.

Even though these things are common, it doesn’t mean that they are good for our health! In fact, it is best to minimize the use of plastic as much as possible if you want to protect your health.

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a common compound used in many types of plastic, and it is one of the things that needs to be avoided if you want to decrease your risk of cancer. This industrial chemical has been used in resins and industrial plastics since the 1960’s, and it is usually found in epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastics.

Examples of polycarbonate plastics include food storage containers, beverage bottles, and other consumer goods that are made out of plastic. Examples of epoxy resins are products that are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, water supply lines, and bottle tops. Certain types of dental composites and sealants also contain BPA.

Why is BPA Harmful to Your Health?

When BPA is present, it causes disruption in the endocrine system, which starts a domino effect on many other functions within your body. The endocrine system manages the production, secretion, elimination, function, action, and transport of hormones. BPA can actually mimic the body’s natural hormones, which in turn causes problems with real hormone function within the body.

Certain safety levels have been set for BPA amounts in plastic, but even the current “safe” levels have been questioned. BPA is in so many household products, that it is difficult to determine just how much exposure a person is getting. If you really want to protect yourself, you need to use BPA-free products and stay away from plastic.

Preventing BPA Exposure in Your Home

It has been found that the primary source of BPA exposure is through diet, because the plastic contaminates the food and drink and then humans eat the contaminated foods. Here are a few ways to minimize the BPA exposure in your home:

  • Choose food that comes in a jar instead of a can
  • Switch out plastic storage containers for glass instead
  • Don’t use plastic water bottles
  • Stay away from plastic utensils, plates, bowls and cups

If you are looking for other ways to boost your health and reduce the risk of cancer, check out the healthy recipes in our Unravel the Mystery Recipe Book. You can also read Unravel the Mystery, by Ann Malkmus, which provides the guidelines that need to be followed if you want to live a cancer-free life.

Comments

  1. JoiLin Johnson June 19, 2015

    Good article, thank you!

  2. Why are HD [roducts in palstic containers if plastic is so bad for us???? My Barley Max is in a plastic tub, my liposomal from you is in plastic.
    It is impossible to avoid plastic .

    • We use a food grade high density (HDPE) plastic. Note the attached on plastic. We have evaluate this issue and find the HDPE and PETE plastics save and cost effective for food products and reducing shipping costs.

  3. oceanfrontcabin June 19, 2015

    BPA is replaced by BPS which might be just as harmful as BPA.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/bpa-free-plastic-containers-may-be-just-as-hazardous/

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